The waters of the northern Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Alaska, are one of the most popular destinations for cruise vacations in North America. The open waters, rivers and inlets, and the gorgeous and diverse natural scenery, make for a setting that ranks among some of the world’s most wondrous.
You’ll have the best vacation possible if you know what to expect and you prepare for all the different experiences you’ll have. We’ll give you some suggestions on what you can do to prepare and some ideas on what to expect.
Prepare for all temperatures
While Alaska certainly brings to mind images of snow and ice, your actual cruise will find the weather more varied than that. Southern Alaska can reach temperatures in the 80s, including record highs this year already. During the summer, the sun stays out for a long time, and the days can get quite warm, especially with relatively little natural protection or shade.
Of course, the expected cold weather will likely be part of your vacation. Just how cold it gets, and for how long, depends on exactly where and when you are taking your cruise. (Glacier tours are an option, after all.) Research the expected temperatures, and plan accordingly; pack for a wide range of weather.
Alaska is a large land with a variety of scenic life, which may be contrary to what you have imagined. The majestic glaciers in the Arctic Circle have already been mentioned. Denali (Mount McKinley), America’s tallest mountain, not only makes for a stunning backdrop, but the State and National Park surrounding the mountain is a rich wilderness worth exploring.
You’ll see plenty of wild flora and fauna. Among the animal life native to Alaska are bears, moose, and bald eagles. The Alaskan waters have plenty of salmon living in them; you will likely be eating quite a bit of the fish. And even if you’re not so much a nature lover, you can take in the majesty of the sights from the safety of your ship.
Bring a camera and binoculars. Make sure they are both powerful and in working order. Few vacation destinations offer such a variety of picturesque landscapes and moments that can be captured to preserve the memories. You won’t regret being prepared to record the wonder of it all.
An Alaskan cruise can be a wondrous and majestic experience, rich in variety of spectacle and surroundings. Make sure you’re prepared for all the possibilities, so you can get the most out of your time there. When you’re ready to book your Alaskan cruise, visit AffordableTours.com or call 1-800-627-3753 so we can help you get the best deal possible.